UNICEF Morocco partnered with ONDE to launch the first ever study in Morocco on child poverty using the deprivations framework. Among some of the constraints identified at the outset was the nature and source of data used to provide this kind of analysis an empirical base. The only comprehensive datasets were those of household consumption and expenditure surveys, as well as household living standards surveys.
Thanks to a partial MICS merged with a youth survey of 2006 conducted by the Ministry of Health and supported by UNICEF/UNFPA/WHO and PAPFAM, we were able to implement the study. Conducting the study using the deprivation approach was a first step to start the public debate on alternative approaches to monetary poverty measurement in general and child poverty in particular.
The preliminary findings were disseminated in May 2009 within the first Social Policy and Child Rights forum. Thanks to the commitment of all partners the forum, opened by the Prime Minister and attended by high profile officials, civil society and international organizations, marked a shift in the national debate on child poverty for the first time in Morocco.
The MoU, signed in April, will cover the following areas of collaboration:
- Undertaking a study on child poverty and disparities using a multidimensional approach (a follow up to the Child Poverty and Disparities Study conducted in Morocco);
- Conducting a survey to assess the impact of migration and remittances on children;
- Putting in place an information system to better monitor the situation of children;
- Updating data on child labour within the national labour survey.
decision-makers to help improve the condition of children. He